In September we are celebrating the world of books! We have a very special interview with Beth Grylls, a journalist who has recently started to delve into the world of book reviews. She has recently started the social media branding of Gee That Is Good where she talks in depth about stories that she has been reading. All this month we are finding out about what it takes to be a reviewer, favourite books and much much more. Today we talk about favourites in the book world.
Favourite book of all time and why?
Oh no! I’m so indecisive and I find my favourite *whatever it is – music, film, book* changes frequently. So I don’t think I have a favourite of all time, just current time, and that would have to be The Midnight Library. Why? You’ll have to watch the review.
Favourite line from a book?
It is easy to mourn the lives we aren’t living. – The Midnight Library
Favourite character from a book?
Eleanor Oliphant from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Factual or fiction and why?
Fiction – I use books to escape.
Books being turned into films – discuss? Do you like this or not a fan?
Yes! I love when a book I’ve read is adapted. Not all of them are a success, but I remember reading Marley and Me by John Grogan and being so excited it was being turned into a film. And sometimes I discover books the other way round.
Story you wish you could be part of?
Favourite location in a book and why?
The library in The Midnight Library – who wouldn’t want the chance to live out as many alternative lives as they could?
Currently it’s Lisa Jewell.
What is the best book series you have read and why?
When I was younger it was His Dark Materials. Then it would have been Harry Potter. Then The Hunger Games, and now I’d say The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee. I’m waiting for Lisa Jewell’s latest book The Family Remains to arrive, which is a sequel to The Family Upstairs, so who knows, it may change. If I’m honest, I much prefer a one-off book. The issue with book series is that I always forget what’s happening!
There’ve been many books in the past that I’ve devoured, had to wait several years to read the next one and then completely lost interest because I’ve forgotten the entire plot! I can’t even remember the names of some of the books this has happened with. I should start taking notes. I haven’t really given much thought as to why I like a particular series over another; if I had to give a definitive answer it would be that the series is consistently good.